ICE Trikes meets BBC Strictly Come Dancing stars, presenter JJ Clalmers and professional dancer Amy Dowden.
It’s not every day that you get a call from one of the UKs most popular and one of the nation’s favourite BBC TV shows asking for help. BBC 1 Strictly Come Dancing none the less. They were looking for two fast recumbent ICE trikes to use for filming for last Saturday nights show. Of course we said yes, when would you like them and where.
So off went Phil and Drew to the Lee Valley VeloPark, home of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 INVICTUS Games cycling events here in the UK. JJ had the idea that as Amy Dowden, who is a renowned professional dancer from Wales and principal director of Art in Motion Dance Academy, has been teaching him how to dance during this series of Strictly Come Dancing, that he would teach Amy how to ride an ICE recumbent racing trike. We arrive on location Tuesday morning in London bright and early and meet two of stars from Strictly Come Dancing, JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden on location, all socially distanced of course.
JJ has been an ICE trike owner and rider for many years. JJ is an ex royal marine, TV presenter for BBC Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live, The One Show, Channel 4’s 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics, the list goes on. JJ is a renowned public speaker and Invictus Games gold medallist who captainedthe 2014 Invictus British recumbent cycling team. Famously pictured crossing the finish line together with his fellow athletes in the recumbent races.
JJ was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 whilst serving as a Royal Marine with 42 Commando, where he sustained several injuries from an IED and was been in recovery and rehabilitation until 2016.
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